January 7, 2009

First Day of the Rest of My Life



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

Today is a special day. I do not know why and I just can't put my finger on how it is special. It feels like the first day of the rest of my life.

Now, this is strange because there is nothing special about today. It is snowing heavily, nothing new or unusual about the weather. We are financially challenged, still, nothing new about our survival status. I feel fine physically, emotionally, spiritually; which is not always the case but does happen with great frequency and regularity, so nothing new about the balance of my health.

I would have expected the first day of the rest of my life to be marked by some great event, some feeling of euphoria or exhilaration. There is no great event occurring that I know of, not even a little event is occuring that I know of. There is no euphoria and definitely no feeling of exhilaration.

What there is, is calmness, just that, calmness.

On a more practical note, the defrosting of the freezer continues this morning. It is a very big job! After sitting open overnight, the top freezer shelf is still coated with over half an inch of ice. I've put containers of hot water on the shelf in hopes of speeding up the melting process.

Once I have the freezer defrosted, I must organize the food that is to be stored there, to allow easy access. This might be accomplished today, however I am prepared to continue my efforts into tomorrow to complete the project.

Tonight for dinner Attila will prepare one last leftover turkey dinner, and he will make turkey soup from the carcass of the turkey he cooked for Luna when we visited. We provided the turkey for that celebration and the only part of it we brought home was the carcass for soup. There was no point in leaving it for Luna, she doesn't make soup.

Attila will also prepare refried beans, as I cooked another batch of pinto beans overnight.

Then I will be examining the few geriatric food items I found during my latest freezer defrosting project. We will focus our menu on consuming every last one of them. Already I have a container of pumpkin on the counter thawing, and I am on the prowl for a recipe that will do it justice.

It is a little life, and a good one.

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Wordly Distractions

The defrosted upright freezer.
No ice in here. The freezer is finally defrosted.

BBC Radio Scotland

By The Easy Chair
The Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things."
Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850 - 1894)

Condition: Light Snow
HA!! Heavy Snow!
Temperature: -6.0C
Pressure: 99.1 kPa
Visibility: 0.3 km
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill: -11
Dewpoint: -7.2C
Wind: ENE 13 km/h

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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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